Atlantic premiers meet to discuss clean energy loop, COVID-19 management

HALIFAX — Atlantic Canada’s four premiers met virtually today to discuss regional priorities, including the Atlantic Loop clean energy project.

In a news release following the meeting hosted by Nova Scotia Premier Tim Houston, the premiers reiterated the importance of the $5-billion proposal.

The premiers say the Atlantic Loop, which would connect the four provinces to green energy from Quebec and Labrador, is key to the region achieving a “clean-power future.”

They also discussed the impact of the Omicron variant of the novel coronavirus and the necessity of ensuring that health-care systems can continue to provide important services.

Immigration was also on the agenda, with the premiers saying they want to continue working with Ottawa to find ways of addressing labour shortages in all four provinces.

They say that includes broadening access to federal and provincial student job programs for international students.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 25, 2022.

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